Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy
Summer 2016 Washington and Geneva Program Faculty

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Photograph of Professor Padideh Ala'iPadideh Ala'i, American University Washington College of Law
Padideh Ala’i is a Professor of Law at WCL where she specializes in areas of international trade law and development and comparative legal traditions. Specifically, she teaches the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and writes in the areas of history and free trade, international efforts to combat corruption as well as issues relating to trade and good governance. In 2005 and 2009 Professor Alai was the Acting Director of the International Legal Studies Program. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988 and was in private legal practice with the law firms of Jones Day and Reichler, Milton and Medel prior to joining the Faculty of the WCL in 1997. In private practice Professor Ala’i represented developing country governments, including Guyana, Nicaragua, Uganda, China and the Philippines in their negotiations with foreign investors, US Government and its federal agencies, as well as multilateral institutions such as the World Bank. She also represented multinational corporations in international business transactions and advised them on pending U.S. banking legislation. From 1992-1996, Professor Ala’i was part of the legal team representing the Government of Philippines in international litigation and arbitration against Westinghouse Corp. charging corruption and bribery by Westinghouse of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and defective construction of the Bataan nuclear power plant. In 2003-2005 Professor Ala’i was the Co-Chair of the International Economic Law Group (IELG) of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). In that capacity, she organized a conference on the relationship of freedom of trade and peace. Professor Ala’i subsequently co-edited the book that was based on that conference as part of the ASIL Studies in Transnational Legal Policy entitled: Trade as Guarantor of Peace, Liberty and Security? Critical, Historical and Empirical Perspectives, Padideh Alai, Tomer Broude and Colin Picker eds., 37 Studies in Transnational Legal Policy (ASIL-2006). Her other publications include: “The Legacy of Geographical Morality and Colonialism: A Historical Assessment Current Crusade Against Corruption”, 33 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 4 (October 2000); “Free Trade or Sustainable Development: An Analysis of the WTO Appellate Body’s Shift to a more Balanced approach to Trade Liberalization”, 14 AU International Law Review 4 (1999); “Judicial Lobbying at the WTO: The Debate over the use of amicus curiae briefs and the U.S. Experience”, 24 Fordham Journal of International Law (Nov-Dec. 2000); “A Human Rights Critique of the WTO: Some Preliminary Observations”, 33 George Washington University International Law Review 3 & 4 (2001); and “Transparency and the Multilateral Trading System”, in Trends in World Trade: Essays in Honor of Sylvia Ostry, edited by Alan Alexandroff (Carolina Academic Press 2007).

Photograph of Professor Janie ChuangJanie Chuang, American University Washington College of Law
Professor Chuang, who teaches courses in international law, human trafficking, labor migration, and international commercial arbitration, was promoted to professor of law in 2014. In her scholarship, Chuang specializes in international law and policy relating to labor migration and human trafficking. Drawing on this expertise, Chuang has served as an adviser to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Labor Organization. Chuang has also served as the U.S. Member of the International Law Association’s Feminism and International Law Committee and as a Member of Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law. She is a past recipient of the Open Society Fellowship of the Open Society Foundations and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference Grant. Prior to joining AUWCL, Chuang practiced with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, representing foreign governments in international litigation/arbitration and pro bono clients in asylum and human rights cases. Before her time at Cleary Gottlieb, Chuang worked as an adviser to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and the U.N. Compensation Commission.

Photograph of Professor Sean FlynnSean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law
Sean Flynn teaches courses on the intersection of intellectual property, trade law, and human rights and is the Associate Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). At PIJIP, Professor Flynn designs and manages a wide variety of research and advocacy projects that promote public interests in intellectual property and information law and coordinates PIJIP’s academic program, including events, student advising and curriculum development. Professor Flynn’s research examines legal frameworks promoting access to essential goods and services. He serves as counsel for advocacy organizations and state legislatures seeking to promote and defend regulations that promote access to essential medicines. (PIJIP). Prior to joining WCL, Professor Flynn completed clerkships with Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson on the South African Constitutional Court and Judge Raymond Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also represented consumers and local governments as a senior associate with Spiegel & McDiarmid and as senior attorney for the Consumer Project on Technology, served on the policy team advising then Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Deval Patrick, and taught Constitutional Law at the University of Witwaterstrand, South Africa.

Matthew Glasser PhotoMatthew Glasser, World Bank (retired)
Matthew D. Glasser has more than twenty years of experience in international development finance. With a background as a City Attorney and registered lobbyist for Colorado municipalities, he is an authority on the legal framework within which cities operate, including the powers and functions of cities, and municipal finances. For the past 11 years, he worked for the World Bank, where his last position was as Lead Urban Specialist in the Legal Vice Presidency. He also served as Lead Urban Specialist in the Bank’s Africa and South Asia regions, focusing on local government and urban finance issues in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Swaziland, the Philippines, and India.  Working with the Bank’s internal Knowledge and Learning Council and its external Knowledge Advisory Board, he also helped develop systems for governance and measurement of the Bank’s knowledge services. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2003, Mr. Glasser worked with the South African National Treasury for four years, where he led a successful program to revive municipal credit markets.  He also helped develop a new Property Rates Act, which replaced a patchwork of provincial legislation dating from the apartheid era.  From 1992 through 2000, Mr. Glasser managed USAID funded development programs, working with national and local governments in Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine.  He also taught courses on a variety of local government finance issues, and presented these in Central Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. In 1992 and 1993 he served as a resident advisor to the Government of Ukraine, providing policy support to national and local government.

Photograph of Professor Aluisio Lima-Campos Aluisio Lima-Campos, American University Washington College of Law
Professor ALUISIO G. DE LIMA-CAMPOS is the Chairman of the ABCI Institute – Brazilian International Trade Scholars Inc. ( which is dedicated to the promotion of research and study of international trade issues; and senior advisor, under contract, on economic and trade matters to the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, D.C., where, among other duties, he coordinates a trade policy training program for Brazilian professionals from the government and private sectors. A specialist, with over three decades of experience on trade policies and trade policy formulation, international trade law, trade remedies, international trade agreements and negotiations, subsidies, trade preferences and barriers, he has provided assistance to Brazilian diplomats in bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, in the reduction of barriers to Brazilian exports and in the resolution of trade disputes. As a result of his contributions in the drafting of present Brazilian trade laws and regulations, he was invited in 1995 by then Secretary of Trade Mauricio Cortes to be the first head of the newly formed department of trade remedies (DECOM) at the Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade, an honor he was unable to accept due to contract obligations in Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Development Banking from the American University, Washington, D.C. As a professor, he teaches two courses at the Washington College of Law: “International Trade Policy: Theory and Practice” and “Regional Trade Agreements”. Also teaches trade policy courses in spanish-speaking programs organized by Georgetown University in Latin America for government officials and private sector executives. In his native language, Portuguese, he teaches similar courses at Fundação Getúlio Vargas’ Law School (São Paulo) and at the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy (Brasilia). He also taught for four years intermediate level “Comparative Trade Policies” and “Trade Policy Formulation” for government officials of WTO member countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia and, advanced level, in Geneva, in both English and Spanish, under contract with the WTO.

Claudia Martin, American University Washington College of Law
Claudia Martin is a Professorial Lecturer in Residence at American University Washington College of Law and Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. She specializes in international law, international and comparative human rights law and inter-American human rights law. As Co-Director of the Academy she oversees the academic coordination of the Academy’s prestigious human rights summer program, the Inter-American Moot Court Competition and the Annual Meeting on Human Rights. She also supervises the scholarly production of the Academy, including the Inter-American Human Rights Digest and the publication of books, articles and specialized reports. Professor’s Martin publications include: The Reform Debate in the Inter-American Human Rights System Ten Years After: Successes and Failures, Proceedings of the 7th Hague Joint Conference on Contemporary Issues of International Law - 2005, 30 June – 2 July 2005, T.M.C. Asser Instituut , The Netherlands (forthcoming); The Moiwana Village Case: A New Trend in Approaching the Rights of Ethnic Groups in the Inter-American System, 19-2 Leiden Journal of International Law (forthcoming); Repertorio de Jurisprudencia del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos, (co-author), Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, San José, Costa Rica (forthcoming); Inter-American Human Rights Digest, (co-author), Brill Publishers, The Netherlands (forthcoming); Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos [International Human Rights Law] (co-author), Distribuciones Fontamara, México, 2004; The International Human Rights Status of Elderly Persons, (Co-Author) 18 Am. U. Int=l L. Rev. 915, 2003; The International Dimension of Human Rights: Guide for its Application in Domestic Law (Co-Author), Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Washington D.C., 2002; and La Dimensión Internacional de los Derechos Humanos, Guía para la Aplicación de Normas Internacionales en el Derecho Interno, (Co-Author) Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Washington D.C., 1999 Professor Martin has lectured extensively to lawyers, judges, and human rights professors around the world on the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Human Rights System. Her many appointments include serving as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Human Rights Program, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico; Member of the Editorial Board, Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts, Oxford University Press and Amsterdam Center for International Law; Member of the Editorial Board, Revista Iberoamericana de Derechos Humanos, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico and Contributor on Inter-American Human Rights Law for the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights. She has also been a consultant with the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank and USAID/MSD.

Photograph of Professor Fernanda Nicola Fernanda Nicola , American University Washington College of Law
Fernanda G. Nicola is a Professor of Law and Director of the Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy at AUWCL. Her teaching and research interests range from Tort Law, Comparative Law, European Union Law and Local Government Law. She received her PhD from Trento University and her SJD degree from Harvard Law School where she was the recipient of the Mancini Prize in European Law, and the Justice Welfare and Economics fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Professor Nicola is the author of several articles on European integration including Invisible Cities in EU Law (2012) and Transatlanticisms: The Selective Reception of U.S. Law and Economics in the Formation of European Private Law (2008). She recently published Family Law Exceptionalism in Comparative Law (2010) and Intimate Liability: Emotional Harm, Family Law, and Stereotyped Narratives in Interspousal Torts (2013). Professor Nicola is a member of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) Executive Board, she supervises PhD candidates at the European University Institute (Florence) and she is a fellow at the CDCT (Turin, Italy).

Nneoma Veronica Nwogu, World Bank Group
Nneoma Nwogu is a senior legal counsel for the World Bank Group, where she has represented the development institution in Africa and the Middle East, notably in project structuring, negotiations, and compliance in international development finance transactions and advisory services across a diverse portfolio that includes agriculture, food security, social safety net, maternal and infant health, climate change, education, energy and natural resources governance. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was an Associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells LLP), working on international business transactions. She has worked with the South African Human Rights Commission and the United States Justice Department, Civil Division. Beyond her transactional practice, she commits her intellectual abilities to capacity development. With a specialization in mineral law practice, Nneoma, in coordination with the University of Cape Town, South Africa, designed and facilitated a 10-day intensive training course in mineral law for advanced law students as well as law professors representing many African universities in December 2014. The training included trainers from global mining companies, civil society organizations, judges, law professors, and law firms. She has guest lectured at Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins School of International Studies. She has written on development issues, reviewed articles for legal journals and is currently serving on the Faculty of Loyola University of Chicago as an LLM thesis advisor. She was a fellow of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, Vice President of Programming on the Board of the Washington Foreign Law Society and a scholar delegate to the 2005 Academy of Achievement summit. Nneoma received her BA from Wellesley College, an M. Phil from Oxford University and Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Carol Pier, Deputy Undersecretary Carol Pier, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, United States Department of Labor
Carol Pier was appointed the Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs at the Department of Labor in January 2014. In that capacity, she leads the Bureau of International Labor Affairs' efforts to advance workers' rights, acceptable conditions of work, living standards, social protection, and broad-based and inclusive economic growth around the world. Ms. Pier joined ILAB in 2009, serving as Associate Deputy Undersecretary and Acting Deputy Undersecretary. For ten years prior, Ms. Pier worked on labor rights and trade issues for Human Rights Watch, the largest U.S.-based non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights. She documented and reported on workers' rights violations around the world, analyzed foreign and domestic labor laws, and engaged in advocacy on labor rights and trade matters in the United States and abroad. Ms. Pier is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Photograph of Professor Patrick UkataPatrick Ukata, American University School of International Service
Dr. Patrick Ukata is the Director of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) project at American University (AU). AU signed a five-year management and consultancy agreement in January of 2004 to assist with the development and building of a privately funded American-style university in Nigeria, the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. This agreement between AU and AUN has since been extended a number of times. Dr. Ukata has taught courses in African Political Economy and International Law and Diplomacy at American University. He has also taught African Politics as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University. Dr. Ukata specializes in the political economy and international relations of Africa, legal reforms and governance.

For more information, contact:

Fernanda Nicola, Director
Marc LeBlanc, Coordinator